Product Type: Turtle Beach headphones
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Gaming like never before! An essential purchase for hardcore gamers, despite their reliability woes
Turtle Beach Ear Force X1
Member Name: kievthegreat
Turtle Beach Ear Force X1
Advantages: Brilliant vivid sound
Disadvantages: Very delicate and not amazingly reliable
These headphones may look like a pair of oversized headphones, and they are. But they transform the immersion of gaming, particular if you've grown accustomed to basic sound systems built in to TVs.
It might sound off that the simple addition of headphones can transform a good gaming experience to a great one, but the realism these provide (and at surprising comfort) make you integrate with the game like never before.
The headphones give you brilliant audio quality and highlight the deficiency of playing (particularly FPS games) without surround sound or noticable stereo and even in the case of good 5.1 systems creates an even better effect with it cancelling the noise out from other sources. You'll find your self with a burning desire to turn round to shoot your wall rather than turn on screen. They'll also help if your housemates don't want to hear you gunning people down or racing round the streets of monaco at 4am.
Even better, they offer you the chance to chat with your friends with a clear, crisp and comfortable headset unlike the one packaged with your xbox. One thing that I had to deal with however was my tendency to shout down the microphone as I compensated my voice to deal with the headphones noise cancelling properties, nullifying the silent gaming idea. It is something you get used to though, it is just on odd experience at first talking and not being able to hear yourself.
Now these headsets are undoubtedly brilliant sound quality, but I have two main problems from my experience with them. The first is the wires, It can be annoying being attached to your xbox, especially when you're used to a wireless controller and they can end up trailing across a room. They have plenty of slack in the wire so the cable can stretch a huge distance, but it's annoying for anyone walking around you. My final problem is that they are very delicate. I personally had the microphone fail on me a few months after using it, and I have spoken to friend who have had various issues with these headsets. It's also quite telling that in the box there is a warning that the headset is very delicate and should be handled with care indicating that they're aware of the problem, they just haven't sorted it. Maybe it is fixed on later models, but this was an issue for me and people I know. That said my second set has been treated in much the same fashion and no problems have arisen so it may be that luck plays a part.
These headsets from a performance point of view are brilliant, but from others and my own personal experience have as far as I'm aware unaddressed reliability concerns. Even though it's not 100% reliable, the experience was so good I got another pair! Still a 4 star review, and if their future models add reliability into the mix then it's 5 stars like that!
Summary: Still a brilliant experience and worth buying despite problems
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